UMass Soccer Drops 3-0 Decision to Rhode Island
Nov. 7, 2003
KINGSTON, R.I. - The University of Massachusetts men's soccer team must now play the waiting game to determine its Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament fate after falling to Rhode Island, 3-0, on Friday night. The loss drops UMass' record to 11-7-1 overall and 5-5-1 in the Atlantic 10.
Rhode Island took an early 1-0 lead in the first half when Belleh converted a penalty kick just :40 into the contest. The Rams were awarded the penalty kick when sophomore Nicholas Varholak sent a ball down the sideline to a streaking Belleh. Belleh then dribbled into the box where he was fouled by a UMass player. The Rams took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
URI extended their lead early in the second half when junior Sasha Gotsmanov picked up a loose ball and blasted in an unassisted goal from 20 yards out to give the Rams a 2-0 lead at the 56:31 mark. Rhode Island added their third goal of the game when sophomore Simon Gatti put a cross to the top of the box where it was collected by sophomore Brian Mazza. Mazza then put in a shot that deflected off a Massachusetts defender to give the Rams the 3-0 lead at the 67:07 mark. The Rams then held on for the shutout win.
Sophomore Dean Ruddy made three saves and Michael Charles made one save in the shutout win for Rhode Island while Nick Billman made four stops in goal for the Minutemen.
UMass now must wait on the outcome of the George Washington - Richmond game to await word on a bid to the A-10 Tournament. A George Washington loss puts the Minutemen in as the sixth seed, while a tie or a victory gives GWU the berth.